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  • August 8, 2019

Hyundai Tucson First Drive Review

 Hyundai Tucson Test Drive in Hyderabad

Hyundai Tucson Overview

Hyundai Tucson has marked its re-entry in the Indian market, albeit in an all-new avatar, and with a lot more bells and whistles. The South-Korean automaker, after years of deliberation, has brought back the SUV to bridge the gap between Creta and Santa Fe. The all-new Hyundai Tucson SUV is available in both the petrol and diesel fuel trims with a total of five variants: MT, AT GL, MT, AT GL and AT GLS.

The exterior styling cues have been taken from the Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design Philosophy, just like Elantra and Creta. Several Hyundai Tucson features are first in the segment, while being presented with manual as well as automatic transmissions in both the gasoline and diesel guises. It also came to light that the AWD variant would, in all likelihood, be introduced by April 2017 in the country.

Hyundai Tucson Design

Based on the new Fluidic design, the new Tucson has a lot of design cues from the Santa Fe. Hyundai is flowing a family design look for all the SUVs and the Tucson gets it too. The new Tucson’s front grille has a lot of chrome on it. The headlamps are sleek and pulled back. The fascia has good presence. The side profile is very much like a crossover, and it doesn’t boxy styling. The lines flow smoothly. The rear is similar to the Santa Fe and the Creta.

The side profile looks taller because of the shallow glass area. There is a thick crease line that rises slowly as we move to the rear. The tyre size seems to fill the wheel well completely. The rear too is based on the Creta’s design. Sleek tail lamps dominate the styling with the number plate underneath. This is what makes the Tucson look stylish and appealing.

Hyundai Tucson Cabin

Move to the inside and you are greeted by a typical Hyundai dashboard. The steering wheel has that familiar design while the centre console and instrument cluster also give you a reminder that you’re sitting in a Hyundai car. The dashboard has great quality all over with the fit and finish also being great. The steering wheel, gear knob and door pads are wrapped in leather and feel good. The steering has the usual buttons for audio and phone controls along with cruise control. The 8-inch AVN system comes with a very responsive touchscreen which also looks crisp. You get navigation, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too. The audio system is one of the best sounding ones in this segment.

There is a dual zone climate control system which works really well. It chills the cabin pretty efficiently. The instrument cluster displays a variety of information like service details, fuel efficiency, average speed, trip details, distance-to-empty, etc. The IRVM comes with an anti-dazzle feature and the top part also displays the direction in which the car is facing. The ORVMs too have anti-dazzle function along with heating and auto-folding features. You get a push button start/stop system and the smart key is the same one that is also provided on the Grand i10, Elite and Active i20, Creta and Elantra. The least Hyundai could have done is offered a better and more premium looking key on the Tucson and Elantra. You also get a dual horn which sounds similar to the one on the Creta. There is a rear camera on offer along with parking sensors at the front as well as rear. Hyundai has skimped on a sunroof though, which should have ideally been provided at this price point.

The front seats are brilliant in terms of support and cushioning. The driver’s seat is 10-way power adjustable so finding a good driving position isn’t difficult. Do note that the driving position doesn’t make you feel that you’re driving an SUV and it is very car-like. The front passenger seat gets manual adjustment and it doesn’t seem to have height adjustment while the seat is placed a bit too low. You get a large armrest at the front, though you cannot adjust it for rake. At the rear, the seats are again pretty comfy and can be reclined too. Knee room is nice while head room and shoulder space are good too. Under thigh support is satisfactory and due to the not-so-large transmission tunnel, you might be able to squeeze in a third passenger too.To know more details on Hyundai Tucson visit Changeonslapac

Outward visibility from the car is great thanks to the large windows. There are quite a few storage spaces and cubby holes on the inside. The front armrest can be opened up to reveal a large storage space and it also comes with a small bin which is removable. Near the front passenger seat, on the RHS, you get a small magazine holder. There are bottle holders on each door and cupholders on the rear armrest. The centre console also has a couple of cupholders and other storage spaces. The boot is large at 513-litres and the tailgate is electrically operated.

Hyundai Tucson Engine

For the Indian market, the Tucson will get a 2.o-litre VTVT petrol engine which delivers 153bhp of power and 192Nm of torque. There is also a 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine that delivers a maximum power output of 183bhp and 400Nm of peak torque. It can achieve a top speed of 201 km/h. Bothe these engines are mated to a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission. There is no 4WD option available.

The pick of the lot is the 2.0 diesel engine. It has a phenomenal punch and is thrilling to drive. There’s hardly any lag and it pulls away cleanly. The gearbox also responds well. The petrol in comparison is more relaxed. It is is more suited for city driving, whereas the diesel is great on the highways too. Overtaking is a breeze. On the transmission, needless to say that the automatic adds to the comfort factor so it is the one to consider. But if you are a petrolhead who loves manuals, then it is a different matter. Of course it will cost less too.

The Tucson is expected to return 8-9 km/l for the automatic petrol and 12-14 km/l for the manual version. The diesel manual will return around 12km/l and automatic around 10 km/l. Hyundai may also consider getting a hybrid version later sometime. At the moment, there is no clarity on the hybrid version as the company wants to measure the success it will achieve with this new SUV. This segment has been dormant and Hyundai has opened it up with the Tucson.

Hyundai Tucson Riding

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson comes with McPherson Struts up front while at the rear you get a multi-link transmission. The suspension set-up is nice and most of the potholes, broken patches of road, etc. are tackled easily. The car doesn’t lose composure easily and remains fairly stable. However, there is some vertical movement while driving fast on uneven terrain. Ground clearance is just 172 mm which is pretty average for an SUV. Since we drove only the automatic variants, we couldn’t test the 17-inch wheels that are offered on the MT trims.

However, the AT trims come with 18-inch Nexen tyres in 225/55/18 size. The tyres are decent enough for regular use but yes, you do get better choices for this size. Hyundai might have probably chosen these wheels to keep costs in check. If you’re willing to do some aggressive driving, the Nexen tyres might show their shortcomings. The steering is better than older Hyundai cars but it still lacks feedback and feel, especially at high speeds. The steering could have been a bit more confidence-inspiring. The Tucson comes with all 4 disc brakes and they are very sharp and have no issues in shedding speeds.

Hyundai Tucson Safety

Hyundai Tucson has received the highest 5-star safety rating from the EURO NCAP in 2015, and it won the Top Safety Pick+ Award 2016 in the USA from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As for the safety features, it comes with 6 airbags, ESP with VSM, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), first-in-segment Downhill Brake Control (DBC), ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, reverse parking camera, height-adjustable front seatbelts, speed-sensing auto door lock, impact-sensing auto door unlock, 3-point ELR seatbelt, etc., to name a few.

Hyundai Tucson Price in Hyderabad

Hyundai Tucson On Road Price is 22,44,331/- and Ex-showroom Price is 18,63,975/- in Hyderabad. Hyundai Tucson comes in 5 colours, namely Wine Red,Phantom Black,Sleek Silver,Pure White,Star Dust. Hyundai Tucson comes with 2WD with 1999 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 153 bhp@6200 rpm and Peak Torque 192 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Tucson comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .Check for Hyundai Tucson price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Hyundai Tucson Verdict

Hyundai Tucson has been introduced with the sole purpose of bridging the gap between Creta and Santa Fe. However, the Hyundai Tucson price is on the higher side, as we expected it to start from Rs. 15 Lakh and go as high as Rs. 21 Lakh. Hence, it would be surprising if Hyundai is able to find the desired number of buyers in the Indian market. Fingers crossed, though!

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